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Embracing Diversity Online Learning

3 Diversity Programs With Continous Sequential Training - Designed for Change. ICARUS consulting is proud to be a Strategic Partner in delivering this unique and powerful diversity training. Education is the most powerful tool for changing our world.

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Course Content You Can Count On!

• Targeted courses with dozens of resources

• 12-month access 24/7 from any device

• Micro-Learning for better retention

• Revisit key information & concepts, as needed

• Experience various learning and interaction methodologies

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Expand Your Diversity & Inclusion Knowledge

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Embracing Diversity

ONLINE PROGRAM

Be Open to Change. Diversity comes in many forms: gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, age, culture, socioeconomic background, etc. All of these contribute to an individual’s unique experience of the World. To Embrace Diversity means being proactive in listening, accepting, and welcoming people and ideas that are different from your own. When you’re able to fully embrace diversity yourself, you’ll be in a good position to work with others in the organization whose viewpoints differ from yours. Unlock the creativity and innovation necessary for you and your organization to thrive.

INCLUDES 18 COURSES!

Course Catalog

Leading With Diversity

ONLINE PROGRAM

For Leadership & Management. Equality in the workplace has never been more relevant than it is today. Research shows that equality is a powerful multiplier of innovation and growth. It drives creativity and inspires a sense of belonging by bringing different perspectives and skills to teams.

Investing in leadership diversity and inclusion training is essential to a company’s competitive advantage in the marketplace.

“Forbes reports that companies with more diverse leadership teams improve overall team performance by 17%, decision-making quality by 20% and team collaborations by 29% — generating higher financial performance and increased productivity”

Learn how to cultivate a more rewarding work environment where your employees feel connected, appreciated, and achieving results.

INCLUDES 18 COURSES!

Plus Bonus Content

Access to 72 Extra Resources

Course Catalog

Winning Teams Win

ONLINE PROGRAM

Game Plan for Greater Team Success. Our Winning Teams Win! The program provides quick, convenient access to learning content that promotes the development of leadership skills and addresses the unique challenges faced by all leaders and teams aspiring to succeed in business.

Using unique learning templates prepared by subject matter experts, participants will gain instant access to three learning tracks, plus books and videos. Coursework includes a blend of short videos, book summaries, and activities to provide focused learning in specific competency areas.

Our Winning Teams WIN Program also provides a collection of training resources designed specifically for leaders. These learning tools were formulated to address the needs of three distinct levels:

• Senior leaders

• Mid-level leaders

• Emerging leaders​

INCLUDES 30 COURSES!

Plus: Access to hundreds of videos, summaries, and books focused on leadership development

Course Catalog

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Education is the most powerful tool for changing our world

DEI Online Training Collection

ICARUS Consulting is proud to be certified as a
Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business

On behalf of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Center for Verification and Evaluation (CVE), Icarus Consulting, Limited Liability Company has been verified as a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB).

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Dr. Goode’s latest podcasts

Unpacking Diversity Management

Shelton breaks down diversity and inclusion in the workplace including perspectives on best practices and challenges.

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Managing Crisis for Diversity Leaders

Dr. Shelton Goode discusses how to manage diversity and inclusion crisis in your organization.

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Executive to Entrepreneur

Dr. Shelton Goode discusses how to manage diversity and inclusion crisis in your organization.

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The Subtle Impact of Exclusion: Overcoming Unconscious Bias

March 15, 2020

Recent diversity efforts are helping organizations overcome more overt forms of bias. But there are many subtler acts of exclusion (unconscious or implicit bias) that can create equally real risks.

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Dr. Goode’s Presentations

Diversity and Inclusion Leadership Conference

Learn how diversity and inclusion can make a positive impact on your business and in our communities.

Learn practical examples of how diversity outreach and inclusion efforts are good business ... and good for our communities.

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Dr. Goode’s Press Releases

Diversity and Inclusion Leadership Conference

Learn how diversity and inclusion can make a positive impact on your business and in our communities.

Learn practical examples of how diversity outreach and inclusion efforts are good business ... and good for our communities.

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Annual EXCEL Conference on Employment Discrimination Law

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced today that several nationally known authorities on equal employment opportunity law and policy will speak at the agency's 20th annual EXCEL training conference in Chicago on June 27-29. EXCEL stands for Examining Conflicts in Employment Laws.

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WORKPLACE DIVERSITY a blessing to be embraced?

Acknowledging, understanding, accepting, and valuing differences among people with respect to age, class, ethnicity, gender, physical and mental ability, race, sexual orientation, and spiritual practice

- Dr. Shelton J. Goode

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Mega Trends Shaping the Future of Work

This special opportunity to hear from renowned author thought leader, and Diversity & Inclusion expert, Dr. Shelton J. Goode, as he provides an overview of the leading workforce and labor trends that will affect all organizations in the upcoming years.

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Diversity and Inclusion Leadership Conference

Learn how diversity and inclusion can make a positive impact on your business and in our communities.

Learn practical examples of how diversity outreach and inclusion efforts are good business ... and good for our communities.

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Icarus Consulting Partners with WCLK Radio

Jan 6, 2020

Icarus Consulting has announced starting in January it will support programming on Atlanta's Jazz Station 91.9 WCLK as a proud WCLK Business Member.

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Forbes has named Dr. Shelton J. Goode to its list of "10 Diversity and Inclusion Trailblazers You Need to Get Familiar With,"...

Dec 19, 2019


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Dr. Shelton Goode named to Forbes' list of Top Diversity Trailblazers

Nov 2, 2019

Forbes has named Dr. Shelton J. Goode to its list of “10 Diversity and Inclusion Trailblazers You Need to Get Familiar With,” which highlights ten professionals who have acted as changemakers in producing diverse and inclusive environments.

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The Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority has announced the hire of Dr. Shelton Goode as executive director of diversity and inclusion.

July 27, 2017


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Dr. Shelton Goode named as one of Wisconsin's Most Influential Blacks

 Jan 5, 2017

Last year, Madison365 published its first Black Power list, naming 28 of the most influential African Americans in Wisconsin. I intended this list to highlight the beauty of the diversity in our community. 

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Dr. Shelton Goode is the first-ever Director of Diversity and Inclusion at Oshkosh Corporation

Dec 30, 2016

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Dr. Goode’s Articles

Forbes Named Goode Ten Most DEI Leaders to Become Familiar With

Forbes

Research indicates that employees and consumers alike are craving more socially responsible companies, and organizations have taken notice. More and more companies are taking a vested interest in fostering a diverse, equitable and inclusive environment for employees. 


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Equity Resource Teams: A Project-Based Approach to Fostering a Climate of Inclusion

Insight to Diversity

Chief diversity officers (CDOs} play a vital role in fostering environments of diversity, equity, and inclusion on college and university campuses. As lead strategists, they are responsible for implementing a number of initiatives to promote effective organizational and cultural change. 


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DIVERSITY: We're Better Than This - Dr. Shelton J. Goode

FELLAS Men's Lifestyle Magazine

The ongoing contemporary debate on racial disparities, hostilities, and cultural tensions are having a profound business. community, and social impact. These developments span race, gender, sexual orientation, culture, and health care.


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Why Choose Us

What Makes Us Unique

The key for organizations in developing and implementing a best-in-class approach for securing the top

diverse and mid-career professional talents center directly on how candidates view your brand.

Customized Workshops

Each presentation is designed for the audience and the event. We take what we know, add what we learn from you, and conduct our own background research on your organization, industry, or region. This approach enables us to focus our solution on the major trends impacting your future and the actions that leaders need to take today.

Change Management

Change is constant. Organizations are now competing in a global marketplace. The question is not whether or not the organization needs to change. Rather, the question is, “What changes need to be made to stay competitive within the current and continuously evolving economic environment?”

Leadership Development

Research continues to demonstrate that continuous learning is one of the critical factors for employee engagement and retention. Icarus Consulting LLC offers customizable leadership development, diversity and inclusion (D&I) education, and learning programs to support employee engagement, development, and retention.

Welcome to The Executive 

Conversations from the C-Suite Video Series

A business series featuring 20-minute episodes that cover current, diversity,

equity, and inclusion topics.

Conversations from
the C-Suite

a C-Suite Conversation, is a streaming, social media series that covers today’s D&I issues, concerns, and best practices from a C-Suite perspective. The show is designed to inspire C-Suite executives to invest in D&I actions that will result in innovative designs, better products, improved services, robust communities, and inclusive organizations. The show will be produced by 4-time Emmy Award winner Johnson Media Consulting.

The Executive: A Description

Dr. Shelton Goode, who has been recognized by Forbes as one of the “Top 10 Diversity and Inclusion Trailblazers” in the country, will host the show. Dr. Goode will probe into the thinking of C-Suite executives on how they set big D&I goals. The show will give you a platform to share your company’s D&I best practices.


Dr. Shelton Goode, president, CEO of Icarus Consulting and host of the “The Executive,” will select the topics and provide the background and context about the issues to be discussed during the episode.

For more information about our exciting and innovative video series, download the pdf here.

The Executive

Offered Services

Discovering Insights

You have questions; we find answers. Services and solutions for businesses that want to be the best in
their respective industries. 
Here you will find a variety of services that will simply put,
help good companies be better through diversity and inclusion.
 

Discovering Insights

You have questions; we find answers. Whether you're trying to identify talent gaps in the organization, review overall performance, make your company or community more inclusive, explore the viability of a new program concept, or gain a deeper understanding of your employees, customers, and stakeholders, we can help. Our goal isn't to sell you a solution but to help you discover what you need to know.

Developing Plans

Our seasoned business experts provide top-to-bottom strategic planning. Whether you are trying to determine the best path forward or remedy an issue holding you back, Icarus Consulting LLC can serve as your company’s Global Positioning System (GPS) and provide the necessary guidance.


We don't bring packaged solutions, but we develop strategies that will work for you. We are agile, responsive, and cost-conscious in whatever we do for you.

Delivering Solutions

Our professionals at Icarus Consulting LLC have a broad background in talent management, D&I, brand management, organizational culture building, and change management. Plus, we’re business professionals who know how hard it is to make a dollar out of 15 cents. That means we are cost-conscious when delivering solutions.

Designing Strategies

For organizations that want to develop best-in-class veterans recruiting and retention solutions, look no further. With solutions developed by former corporate diversity leaders and Air Force Officers, Icarus Consulting LLC can help your organization attract, hire, and retain the best veterans.

A Closer Look at Our Offerings

William Grant & Sons

Challenge: William Grant & Sons (WGS) saw that times were changing in 2017 and that its future revenues and operations were on the line. Younger generations will increasingly spend less on WGS legacy brands — if they drank any WGS brands at all.

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Wisconsin Work Force

Development Association

Challenge: Wisconsin’s Office of Workforce Development recognized that being more efficient and productive isn’t just a challenge for today — it’s also a challenge for tomorrow. In 2017, the office sought a way to inform, inspire, and empower its agencies across the state to prepare for major change in the coming years.

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Milwaukee Center for Independence (MCFI)

Challenge: Milwaukee Center For Independence (MCFI) engaged Icarus Consulting in late 2016 to provide generational training to all 2,000 employees. With a workforce including ages 18 to 72, MCFI had five distinct generations interacting daily in one workplace.

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Our Work

Icarus Consulting LLC proudly considers itself as a team of transformers in a working environment. We like taking on challenges and solving problems—and we’re good at it. We help our clients “defy gravity.” Our firm talks to people and gets the data and feedback on that matter. We help you understand what these insights mean for your company or community and develop a plan, resulting in transformational change that is sustainable.

Our small team of consultants intentionally includes not only former chief diversity officers but researchers and strategists as well. We continuously work to boost productivity and boast nearly 5 decades of total experience in utility, energy, transportation, higher education, manufacturing, healthcare, and government work.

For our clients, we’ve delivered culture scans, business resource groups/employee resource groups (BRG/ERG) positioning, D&I scorecards, talent visioning, supplier diversity outreach, D&I communications, and D&I training. And we’re always eager to learn more to get the job done for our clients; we tailor a project to meet your needs.

If you have a big problem—or a big dream—chances are, our team of versatile and agile experts can help. We’ve worked hand in hand with organizations at the local, regional, and national levels. Check out our accomplishments in the case studies below.

Case Studies

William Grant & Sons

Challenge: William Grant & Sons (WGS) saw that times were changing in 2017 and that its future revenues and operations were on the line. Younger generations will increasingly spend less on WGS legacy brands — if they drank any WGS brands at all.

Click here for more

Wisconsin Work Force

Development Association

Challenge: Wisconsin’s Office of Workforce Development recognized that being more efficient and productive isn’t just a challenge for today — it’s also a challenge for tomorrow. In 2017, the office sought a way to inform, inspire, and empower its agencies across the state to prepare for major change in the coming years.

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Milwaukee Center for Independence (MCFI)

Challenge: Milwaukee Center For Independence (MCFI) engaged Icarus Consulting in late 2016 to provide generational training to all 2,000 employees. With a workforce including ages 18 to 72, MCFI had five distinct generations interacting daily in one workplace.

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Two Sigma Investments

Challenge: Two Sigma Investments engaged Icarus Consulting in late 2018 to provide leadership development training for its Employee Resource Groups (ERGs). With a workforce ages 18 to 72, MCFI had five distinct generations interacting daily in one workplace.

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Transit Authority of River City

Challenge: In 2018, the multimodal transit system in Louisville, Kentucky, was all too often viewed as just a public bus system that served only the limited population — exclusively within city limits.

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What Makes Us Unique

Center for Strategy, Innovation, and Results

An Idea Is Born

Dr. Shelton J. Goode, founder of the Center for Strategy, Innovation, and Results (formerly myABDNetwork, LLC) think tank, is a researcher, an author, and an expert on mega-trends as they apply to future work, employee engagement, and the workplace.


Goode has helped agile leaders learn about what is coming and what to do about change management. For more than 10 years, he has researched and studied the key organizational effectiveness trends that are shaping the future and the agile leaders who will make it happen.


The Center for Strategy, Innovation, and Results partners with companies, nonprofits, government agencies, associations, and communities to better understand the impact of generations on the future.

Our First Employee

Successively, the center provides consulting support services to Icarus Consulting LLC in mapping the “desired” future state for organizations. The center helps organizations and communities plan for culture change by mapping employee engagement trends impacting tomorrow, identifying how the diverse workforces and populations impact those trends, and giving recommendations on what agile leaders should be doing today.


The center uses a Future Map, which provides insights on what is coming for an industry or community, shares the implications of trends, and presents opportunities ahead.


The Future Map is a proprietary look into our “crystal ball” so that you can see the demographic and cultural trends impacting an organization, industry, or community. This graphic learning document helps our clients better understand the relevant issues and provides guidance on how to plan culture change accordingly.


Now, the Center for Strategy, Innovation, and Results can equip your agile leaders with the organizational effectiveness tools to become futurists themselves. We do this by incorporating our data-driven insights via keynote speeches, workshops, and training events.

Our Approach

We are a veteran-owned consulting firm that specializes in helping organizations create inclusive cultures that leverage diversity and inclusion for a competitive advantage. We accomplish this by developing strategies that enable our clients to attract, develop, and retain highly skilled talents from an emerging, diverse workforce. At the same time, we help our clients enhance the engagement, knowledge, and skills of current employees.

We Are Family 

As a certified minority and veteran-owned HR and Diversity consulting firm, Icarus Consulting understands how important it is to empower all members of the organization to drive positive organizational change in today’s rapidly changing business landscape. We’re based in Atlanta, but we have the global capability. This is achieved by partnering with an exceptional network of HR, talent management, diversity and inclusion, and business experts to deliver exceptional service around the corner and across the globe.

We Defy Gravity

We are a veteran-owned consulting firm that specializes in helping organizations leverage diversity and inclusion for a competitive advantage. We accomplish this by developing strategies that enable our clients to attract, develop, and retain highly skilled talents from an emerging, diverse workforce. At the same time, we help our clients enhance the engagement, knowledge, and skills of current employees.

Our Superheroes

Our partners can run their own consulting firms. In fact,
most of them did.


Meet the talent behind Icarus Consulting LLC. We are a team of thought-leaders that includes researchers, change agents, D&I gurus, and futurists who thrive in a culture of doing.


We all have our accolades, but we embrace the Icarus Consulting LLC approach of getting things done. We collaborate on the big and small stuff. Do you need help in finalizing that report or creating effective strategies? Everyone pitches in.

Our Superheroes

Our partners can run their own consulting firms. In fact,
most of them did.


Meet the talent behind Icarus Consulting LLC. We are a team of thought-leaders that includes researchers, change agents, D&I gurus, and futurists who thrive in a culture of doing.


We all have our accolades, but we embrace the Icarus Consulting LLC approach of getting things done. We collaborate on the big and small stuff. Do you need help in finalizing that report or creating effective strategies? Everyone pitches in.

Meet The Team

Dr. Shelton Goode

Dr. Goode is a diversity and inclusion executive with more than 20 years of human resource, business, and university teaching experience. Goode has held executive human resource and diversity positions for companies ranging in size, from $300 million to more than $11 billion.


He has developed and implemented talent management programs, performance management systems, sales incentive plans, labor relations strategies, and large-scale culture change initiatives.

More About Shelton

Marilyn Robinson

Marilyn Robinson is the president and principal consultant of RHR Management Consulting Inc. In her role, Robinson is responsible for business development and project management. She also oversees client needs fulfillment for the company, focusing on conducting organizational assessments, planning, facilitating multiday career and leadership development workshops, and designing curricula.


As the principal consultant, Robinson facilitates numerous management skills, technology, and diversity and inclusion sessions.

More About Marilyn

Anita Nahal, Ph.D., CDP

Dr. Nahal is a multidimensional diversity thought-leader and consultant with professional experience spanning countries, continents, and cities. Nahal has worked at various universities—historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) and public and private schools—in the USA and in India.


More About Anita

Danielle Gruppo

Danielle Gruppo is the chief executive officer and founder of InternAlliance, an award winning human resources consulting firm with expertise in workforce diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) supporting organizational effectiveness; social recruiting platform for diverse student interns.


Gruppo is an accomplished human resources executive with more than 25 years of experience in developing and executing talent management and human capital strategies. She does these for Fortune 250 companies and privately held companies in the energy, healthcare, service, and manufacturing industries.

More About Danielle

Julius Pryor III

Julius Pryor III has held executive roles at Johnson & Johnson (J&J), Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE), Russell Athletic, Abbott Laboratories, and Takeda Pharmaceuticals. Pryor was the vice president of Global Diversity at both J&J and at Coke. Most recently, Julius served as the head of innovation (diversity and inclusion) at biotech leader, Genentech.


Pryor combines a unique vision for the future of D&I. He has a strong grounding in sales and management and has insights into what works across different industries and sectors.


More About Julius

Robelyn McNair

Robelyn McNair has dedicated more than 25 years to serving in senior and executive human resources leadership roles. She has held a senior professional certification in human resources since 2001 and has both practical and strategic experience in all disciplines of the human resources function.


Robelyn McNair has dedicated more than 25 years to serving in senior and executive human resources leadership roles. She has held a senior professional certification in human resources since 2001 and has both practical and strategic experience in all disciplines of the human resources function.

More About Robelyn

John Holly

Mr. Holly is a lifelong human resource professional with a passion for coaching for personal and professional growth and success.


More about Mr. Holly coming soon.


Cathy Light

Cathy Light is a successful entrepreneur with experience working with global corporate clients across a wide range of markets and industries. Her passion for building businesses has led her to the launch of Liderança Group, Assessment Leaders, Leadership Balance, Be Well Perform Well, and Business Builders. She is a dynamic speaker with an engaging personality who has a genuine passion for helping business leaders achieve their goals.


Cathy’s style is results-oriented and tailors programs to meet each client’s unique needs. Open, honest communications are at the heart of all of her engagements.

More About Cathy

Jeff Smith

Jeffery L. Smith is a dedicated HR executive with a successful track record of improving employee productivity and contributing to employee growth and development. Known for his ability to build highly effective teams and deliver operational excellence, Jeffery has consistently enhanced the strategic performance of several business units within Fortune 50 companies. He partners with influential business leaders to prioritize and meet organization goals.


As a business leader with over 25 years’ experience, Jeffery has been recognized in Sales and HR for delivering breakthrough results at Procter & Gamble, a Fortune 50 company.


More About Jeff

Our Approach

We are a veteran-owned consulting firm that specializes in helping organizations create inclusive cultures that leverage diversity and inclusion for a competitive advantage. We accomplish this by developing strategies that enable our clients to attract, develop, and retain highly skilled talents from an emerging, diverse workforce. At the same time, we help our clients enhance the engagement, knowledge, and skills of current employees.

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Discover Insights, Developing Plans, Delivering Solutions

Our Services

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Solutions For Your Challenges 

Give us a call for a no obligation consultation and discover firsthand the advantages of working with ICARUS.

Phone: 678.806.3922

Dr. Goode’s Presentations

Mega Trends Shaping the Future of Work

This special opportunity to hear from renowned author thought leader, and Diversity & Inclusion expert, Dr. Shelton J. Goode, as he provides an overview of the leading workforce and labor trends that will affect all organizations in the upcoming years.

View Presentation

WORKPLACE DIVERSITY a blessing to be embraced?

Acknowledging, understanding, accepting, and valuing differences among people with respect to age, class, ethnicity, gender, physical and mental ability, race, sexual orientation, and spiritual practice

- Dr. Shelton J. Goode

View Presentation

Annual EXCEL Conference on Employment Discrimination Law

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced today that several nationally known authorities on equal employment opportunity law and policy will speak at the agency's 20th annual EXCEL training conference in Chicago on June 27-29. EXCEL stands for Examining Conflicts in Employment Laws.

View Presentation

Diversity and Inclusion Leadership Conference

Learn how diversity and inclusion can make a positive impact on your business and in our communities.

Learn practical examples of how diversity outreach and inclusion efforts are good business ... and good for our communities.

View Presentation